Summer is fast approaching. For Florida residents, it never really ends. But as the temperatures start to get warmer, shorts and tank tops become the unofficial dress code. This isn't always an ideal time for kids and adults who suffer from eczema. We all have areas of skin, mostly elbows, that are particularly dry and in need of moisturizers but people who suffer from eczema really know the meaning of dry, itchy skin. It may start with some small patches. It could spread and flare up cyclically, but either way, it causes discomfort both physically and even socially.
If you have a child, you may have had an eczema problem with your newborn's skin which may or may not have dissipated when you reduced the amount of dyes and fragrances in their products. Aside from taking OUT certain products from your beauty care regimen, you can also ADD in some products too. In my own personal quest for natural body care, the one ingredient I saw in just about everything was COCONUT OIL. Seriously, buy some stock in coconut oil! From cooking to skin hydration, this natural remedy definitely has more facets than the Hope Diamond. This oil oscillates from liquid to solid depending on the temperature but you can rub it directly onto yours or your little one's skin daily - preferably 3-4 times a day. This works wonders and its completely natural so you don't have to worry about any sneaky additives or fragrances. Get extra virgin coconut oil to ensure purity.
Other wonderful oils to try include grape seed oil, sweet almond oil (which smells lovely), and even avocado oil. NOW Solutions is a reputable brand that offers these and other oils that provide great hydration and doesn't leave you feeling like you just slathered tanning oil all over. Remember that you should always read labels. This may make your grocery run twice as long but you can always count that "run" as your "cardio", right? Maybe not.
Aside from these oils, you can always try NATURAL or ORGANIC soaps too. Again, read labels because a lot of companies can throw those two words around without the product actually being Organic. Some brands that provide gentle cleansing include Himalaya (check out their entire line of products, you won't be sorry) and PURE LIFE Soap Co. Another great company is Exerderm which has products especially formulated for babies. Remember to keep your children dressed lightly, especially in South Florida. There is barely ever a need for long sleeves and pants for your kids. Keeping them cool and well moisturized will help alleviate their eczema symptoms.
Natural oils can definitely help when dealing with a longterm battle of eczema but, if you haven't noticed from previous posts, your body is this fascinated creation that is affected and interconnected with the slightest change or disruption. So, while you may be able to treat the outer symptoms of eczema, its important to treat the cause of it. While it is true that eczema can be caused by stress, a lot of the times it is the result of an allergy - topical or food allergy.
It's important to maintain a yearly visit with your primary care physician and have blood work done. While you're at it, ask to see if you can have a basic allergy test done. This can be done through your blood work so the common scratch test isn't always necessary. If you are allergic to something, your skin condition may clear up due to it. If you feel that you may have an intolerance to something edible, an allergy or scratch test won't necessarily show that. If that is the case, consult your doctor about doing an elimination diet. If you suspect the same for your child, make sure you check with your pediatrician for recommendations. Don't start an elimination diet without first talking to your doctor.
If you're ready to take some proactive steps into living a less processed life and alleviating your skin discomforts, stop by GoodPill pharmacy. Any of the staff can help answer your questions and work with your doctor to develop an easy plan for your skin care. NOW Solutions, Exerderm, Himalaya are among the many products we always have available. If there is something in particular you are looking for that we may not have in stock, we are usually able to get them in next day. You'll be on your way to enjoying the warm weather and shorts in no time.